The threat of rain and thunderstorms forecast for Saturday morning (Feb. 22) has caused several organizations to cancel outdoor activities planned for the day. Don't fret, though, there are plenty of indoor activities in which to participate.
Here's a partial list:
The City-Wide Arbor Day Celebration set for Lakebottom Park has been canceled. A future date has not yet been determined.
The Winter Garden at Callaway Gardens has been canceled. A weekly Farmers Markets will begin Friday, May 24.
The Valley Interfaith Promise Bed Race has been rescheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2. Contact Valley Interfaith Promise at 706-494-6348 for more information.
Continuing outdoor activities:
Run for the Kitchen, hosted by the Junior League of Columbus, is still scheduled for Saturday (Feb. 23). A 5K, 1-mile Fun Run and Tot Trot will take place at Columbus State Universitys Woodruff Park. Should there be lightening on Saturday morning, the event could be canceled. Check the Run for the Kitchen Facebook page Saturday morning for updates. The first race begins at 8 a.m. Day-of-race registration will be available.
The Pine Mountain Trail Hike set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, is still set and will continue if Saturday morning brings just light rain. Meet at Fox Den Cove Parking Lot to hike from the pool/Delano Trail to the trading post. 2.8 moderate miles, guided. Free, hikers of all ages are welcome. No registration, just show up a few minutes before the stated start time and bring water and a snack. Visit pinemountaintrail.org or call Jim Hall 706-569-0497.
Jeff Dunham: The comedian brings his Disorderly Conduct tour to the Columbus Civic Center. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $45. Tickets can be purchased at the Columbus Civic Center Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com or ordered by phone 1-800-745-3000.
"Mousetrap:" The Family Theatre presents Agatha Christies The Mousetrap at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 23. (It's also set for Feb. 22, Feb. 28 and March 1-2, March 7-8 and March 9 at 7:30 p.m). The play is about a group of strangers who are trapped together at a manor house during a snowstorm. They soon discover one of them is a murderer. Reservations 706-366-7196 or email@example.com. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and military, $6 for students. Family tickets are $35. Its general seating. Complimentary desserts available at intermission. Sodas, water, coffee and popcorn are for sale before the show and at intermission. Theatre doors open at 7 p.m. at 2100 Hamilton Road in Columbus. Visit www.familytheatre.org for more information.
Curl up on the sofa with your new family member, adopted from the PetSmart Adopt-A-Thon. Hours are 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday through Sunday, Feb. 22-24, and pets will be available from Claws and Paws, Safe Haven and several other animal rescues. PetSmart is on Bradley Park Drive, next to Target. Adoption fees vary, but there will be a lot of winter re-homing specials to make some of the nicest dogs and cats affordable for all income levels.
The Ultimate Bridal Expo The Ledger-Enquirer hosts this bridal event 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24, at the RiverMill Event Centre, 3715 First Avenue. Davids Bridal presents a fashion show at 4 p.m. Regional and local wedding vendors will be available. The first 750 people to attend will receive a free gift bag. Expect free samples, delicious food, door prizes and more. Tickets cost $3 for brides and $5 for each guest. They can be purchased at the Rivermill Event Centre or at the door.
Columbus Comic Book Show: Comics, toys, movies and collectibles will be available for purchase 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday Feb. 24. $4. Its at Coca-Cola Space Science Center. Expect characters in costumes and flight simulations. www.ccssc.org 706-649-1477.
In bad weather, there's something cozy about visiting a museum. If you haven't seen The Columbus Museum's The Dawn Black Conceal Project Exhibit, you should go this weekend. It closes Sunday, Feb. 24. The exhibit questions "Who are we really?" It suggests that true identities are often concealed behind a mask or costume. Three hundred postcard sized works on paper painted in watercolor, ink and gouache present portraits of individuals altering their identity through masks, uniforms, fashion and other seemingly random forms of concealment. Also on view is "Parasols, Purses, and Petticoats: Costume Accessories from the Permanent Collection." Saturday drop-in tours are at 2 p.m. and are free as is admission to the museum.
Visit the National Infantry Museum and Soldier Center 9 a.m.-5 p.m.Saturday or 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday to view galleries tracing 235-plus years of Infantry history and soldier training. You'll learn more about the relationship between Columbus and Fort Benning and the sacrifices families of soldiers make. A $5 donation requested. 706-685-5800. The Imax Theatre will be screening "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" in IMAX 3D at 3:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday and at 3:15 p.m. Sunday.
Check out the National Civil War Naval Museum at Port Columbus from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday or 12:30-4:30 p.m. Sunday to see Civil War naval-related flags, uniforms and weapons used during the Civil War. Admission is $7.50; $6.50 for seniors and military; $6 for students through college with proper ID; free for children 6 and younger. 706-327-9798.
If the rain puts you a cleaning and organizing sort of mood, don't forget to donate any gently used formal gowns, evening bags, costume jewelry and shoes to Project Prom -- an effort coordinated by the Junior League of Columbus, to provide high school girls with prom gowns -- to any area Wade Cleaners location through Feb. 28.